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Curating Contemporary Art (MA)

Marta Mozzi

Our project proposal, titled Home: A Domestic Fiction, aims to challenge the logocentric modes of curatorial communication and explore a non-hierarchical process of care in which artwork, artist and audience are situated as equal. Understanding the groups that we exist in to be both intentional and unintentional, we see ourselves as an “Unintentional Collective” as a model for rethinking social relations.  

Responding to a brief from Delfina Foundation as the Unintentional Collective, we have developed a card game designed to explore the complexities and multiplicities of the idea of ‘home’ within our globalised world. Giving agency to the personal histories of participants, a complex, intricate network of narratives can be built through gameplay, out of which a live archive of what may constitute a ‘home’ develops as new cards are added to the pack. We have commissioned artists David Blandy and April Lin to design the first two sets of five cards. Through this potentially ever-expanding card deck, the geographic rigidity that the notion of ‘home’ can evoke is challenged, and its ephemerality and temporality are highlighted. We seek to understand how a home is constructed through transient relationships and experiences. 

Our presentation displays the commissioned sets of cards, inviting the audience to explore and respond to the archive produced through playing the game. In an accompanying live event, an improvised sound performance by Hannan Jones and Shamica Ruddock, that uses the archive as score, delves deeper into non-logocentric modes of (re)collection. 

Visit at TeamLab, Tokyo.

In my role as a curator, I am interested in examining the relationship between art and technology, approaching it from a curatorial perspective. I am enthusiastic about exploring how these two realms intersect, influence, and complement each other. By delving into this dynamic connection, I am interested in investigating how technology can facilitate the mediation and collaboration between various networks, thereby fostering interdisciplinary connections and expanding the reach and influence of curated works. By embracing these new approaches, I aspire to push the boundaries of traditional curatorial practices and create engaging, non-hieratic and inclusive art experiences.

My dissertation centres around the convergence of art and blockchain technology. Through the integration of art into blockchain, artists and audiences can independently interact within their respective art networks, raising important questions about the traditional role of curators. Does the curator still play an essential role in facilitating artistic and audience engagement within emerging art frameworks? Within this context, my research focuses on exploring the various possibilities of integrating curatorial practices within the realm of blockchain technology. By highlighting the potential advantages that blockchain offers to both artists and audiences, I aim to shed light on the feasibility and value of incorporating curatorial practices within this emerging art framework.